Kentucky's opponents in the week ahead

February 5, 2012 

Florida Gators

Tuesday

Rupp Arena

(7 p.m., ESPN)

About the opponent

Location: Gainesville, Fla.

Enrollment: 52,212

School colors: Orange and Blue

Conference: Southeastern

Coach: Billy Donovan

2011-12 record: 19-4 overall, 7-1 SEC

2010-11 record: 29-8 overall, 13-3 SEC (First place in Eastern Division). Lost to Butler 74-71 (OT) in NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional finals.

All-time vs. UK: 33-90

Last meeting: Kentucky won 70-54 on March 13, 2011, in the SEC Tournament championship game in Atlanta.

Outlook: The Gators won their 19th game in a row at home on Saturday against Vanderbilt, but Tuesday's game is in Rupp Arena, where No. 1 Kentucky has won 48 in a row. Florida, the highest-scoring team in the SEC, has won seven in a row overall. The perimeter-driven Gators lead the league in three-point attempts, makes and accuracy (40 percent). Guards Kenny Boynton (17.6 ppg), Bradley Beal (14.3) and Erving Walker (12.6) are at the forefront, but 6-foot-9 Patric Young (10.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and 6-10 Erik Murphy (10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg) have given the Gators a boost inside.

Vanderbilt Commodores

Saturday

Memorial Gym in Nashville(9 p.m., ESPN)

About the opponent

Location: Nashville

Enrollment: 6,738

School colors: Black and Gold

Conference: Southeastern

Coach: Kevin Stallings

2011-12 record: 16-7 overall, 5-3 SEC

2010-11 record: 23-11 overall, 9-7 SEC (Tied for third place in Eastern Division). Lost to Richmond 69-66 in NCAA Tournament round of 64.

All time vs. UK: 44-134

Last meeting: Kentucky won 68-66 on March 1, 2011, in Rupp Arena.

Outlook: Vanderbilt opened the season ranked in the nation's top 10, but an injury and suspension for senior center Festus Ezeli led to an erratic start. As Ezeli rounds into form, the Commodores are showing cracks in other areas. Vanderbilt committed 17 turnovers in Saturday's loss at Florida — its second in a row — and is getting scant production from its bench. Despite its inconsistency, the Commodores are talented, experienced and capable of beating anyone. John Jenkins (19.7 ppg) and Jeffery Taylor (17.7 ppg) give Vanderbilt the firepower from the perimeter to complement Ezeli (9.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg inside).

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